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How To Actually Generate Customers On Professional Networks: Part 1

Asked by Julbert Abraham from AGM - LinkedIn Marketing & LinkedIn Training

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If you're wondering if you can get clients from a professional network such as LinkedIn or Alignable (or any... Read Full Answer

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10 Actually Actionable Benefits Of List Building

Asked by Juan Manuel Colome from Top Response Marketing

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What is List Building all about?

List building refers to a continuous process of adding new and updated subscribers to your list.... Read Full Answer

Local Business Stories

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Celebrating Small And Locally-owned Businesses With Bill Brunelle of Independent We Stand

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[Poll] Find A Business Mentor

By Eric Groves · Posted on Monday, February 20, 2017 · Tagged in General Discussion

We received a tremendous response to our post about what makes a great mentor and it made us wonder if we might be able to help our members make mentorship connections.

If you're interested in meeting another business owner who could mentor you OR are willing to mentor a business owner looking for a little guidance, take this short poll and we'll work to connect you with someone.

[Poll] Find a Business Mentor
  • I’m interested in FINDING a mentor
    57% (255)
  • I’m interested in BEING a mentor
    42% (189)
  • 0% (2)
  • 0% (1)

Most Engaging Answer

Cory Bodette from Pro Green Painting & Construction
5 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I am looking for someone to help me grow the commercial side of my painting business. I also am looking for a strategic partner to help me get more leads on the residential side of my business. Leads are the only thing stopping me from scaling my business and I need more asap. Thanks

Tim St. John from AEON Internet Marketing
23 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Happy to help. Please reach out to me at [email address]. There is much to cover. Please include website URL and zip code in your e-mail.

All the Best,


Eric Christenson from Renew Crew Painting
10 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hi Cory, I am a new painting business in california. I would love to learn from you . Are you open to being a mentor for me? I can help you scale if you can help me understand this industry better.

Trina Lo from FreshInk Communications
11 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hi Cory, I'm a business coach and marketer and I've dedicated the last 16 years to working with small business owners and teach at 2 programs for entrepreneurs. I'm happy to chat with you and am putting together a local marketing mastermind group if you're interested in participating. Connect with me at [email address]

Mara Cromer from Realtor & Independent Insurance Agent
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cory, are you building relationships with people that work in industries where your services might be needed by some of their clients?

If you want residential leads, maybe you should connect with realtors, insurance agents, or home improvement store staff ect. When shopping for a home, insuring your home, or fixing your home, people might have need painter.

We have a table in our office where we allow local business to put flyers and business cards. I've gone around myself to local businesses to let them know how I might be able to help them or their clients.... (more)

Gary Scharf from Legacy Landscape Services LLC
3 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Wednesday, February 22, 2017


I started a new business in May 2016. I did not have a customer lined up so I was starting from scratch. I now have over 250 clients and I used social networking to build my business. Facebook, Alignable, Thumbtack, Home Advisor, Angie's List and The Home Mag are all sources I have used. Home Advisor has given the best return on my investment. As an owner use your enthusiasm to speak to every one you know. Hand out your business cards every where you go. Set your goals for connections and revenue and make it happen.

Christopher Amos from Dex YP
11 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Thursday, February 23, 2017

Not sure if you have found someone already but if you have some time, I would be happy to run you through a few things you can do on your own...

Brook Mclauchlin from Rare Quality Inc
3 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Friday, February 24, 2017

We may be able to help out by connecting so we may refer some residential painting jobs to you. Feel free to contact our office for more information. Ooops, I just saw you are not local to us.

Rod Greensage from Focus4Marketing
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hello Cory,

There are some great ideas found by the responses in here. Partnering with people that do things that are similar such as interior designers, real estate agents, banks, and etc...they are all good. But that is one aspect of it.

But it also requires taking a look at your business model, the resources and assets you currently have/need, and mapping out a personalized strategy for growing your business. If you would like to talk, let me know.


Steve Armstrong from EXIT Realty Legacy Utah
6 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, March 20, 2017

You should join a BNI group near you. Look the up on google and try to get into one as soon as possible. Also lets do some referrals with each other. If you know any one wanting to sell their home send me their info and I will do the same on painting. Thanks

Steffi Black from Steffi Black Coaching
6 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, March 20, 2017

I am reviewing and re-evaluating my business to grow it more strategically, especially in 2018. I would love to have a business mentor in this process.

Barry Arendt from ThinkEz IT
3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, March 20, 2017

I am a small buisness just me and my wife. I love to have some advice from a pro on how I can be more marketable. I got a great start I have a 5 star rating on both facebook and on google.

Julie Miller from International Quality Homecare , Alpha Services, International PCA
1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Monday, March 20, 2017

Cory, I have a Home care business that will add immediate value and revenue to your residential side of your business. Jumping on each others shirt tails and connecting additional services to your menu will increase business and add full on marketing with branding. Free marketing. Let's chat and connect so I can get your wheels turning for increased profits.

International Quality Home Care~

Julie Miller Sales, 1-xxx-xxx-xxxx

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